Nov 28, 2017 Session

Portrait Photography.

Note: This page is now open for comments. Looking forward to see some of the pictures taken this session.

We will meet at the Beugin Hall (upstairs) in the Rosedale Community Centre 901 – 11th Ave N.W. from 1:00 till 3:00 pm on Nov 28, 2017. The first 15 minutes will be dedicated to a review of submitted pictures, followed by 30 to 45 minutes of a discussion of portrait photography including a live demonstration on a styrofoam model.

After the break participants can break into 3 groups. Those who want to experience high end Portrait Studio equipment can join Jim on the north end of the room. If you would like to pose and want your images on an SD card, bring it along. That way it won’t reside on someone else’s camera, and privacy is guaranteed.

In the middle of the room there will be an opportunity to practice portrait photography with simple flood lights. This can be replicated at home with simple lighting fixtures, such a desk lamps or area lights.

In the south end of the room, next to the windows, we will practice natural light portrait photography, the only artificial piece is going to be a set of reflectors to bounce light back at the model.

We have 3 Styrofoam models, so if nobody wants to pose, we can use them as models.

Below are some tantalizing examples from the Google portrait image gallery, as well as from 500PX, a stock photo agency. We will discuss some of the images in the formal session. Have a look and let me know if you have any favourites for discussion.

Google portrait examples

https://500px.com/search?q=portrait&type=photos&categories=Family&sort=relevance


Some lighting basics with situation sketches and example photos.

Left side low – LED panel lighting only producing harsh shadows


Left side medium high – LED panel lighting only producing harsh shadows


Left side high – LED panel lighting only producing harsh shadows


Comparison 1 – Left side LED lighting – Low, Medium, High position.

Single floodlight at 1m distance, varying heights, level, 45 cm up, 90 cm up.
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Comparison 2 – Left side LED lighting – Low, Medium, High position.

Single floodlight at 1m distance, varying heights, level, 45 cm up, 90 cm up.
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Comparison 3 – Left side LED with White Reflector on right side

Single floodlight at 1m distance, varying heights, level, 45 cm up, 90 cm up. White Reflector
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Comparison 4 – Left side LED with Silver Reflector on right side

Single floodlight at 1m distance, varying heights, level, 45 cm up, 90 cm up. Silver Reflector.
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Left side light and right fill-in lights



Comparison with floodlights low.

Dual floodlights at #1 at 1m distance, #2 at 2m distance, left image at100% and right image at 50%. Click to enlarge in a separate window, use browser back button to return here


Comparison with floodlights medium high.

Dual floodlights at #1 at 1m distance, #2 at 2m distance, left image at100% and right image at 50%.
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Comparison with floodlights high

Dual floodlights at #1 at 1m distance, #2 at 2m distance, left image at100% and right image at 50%.
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Dramatic back lit portrait



Useful portrait photography links:

Family portrait photography cheat sheet

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/tutorials/how-to-take-stress-free-childrens-portraits

capture atmospheric portraits at home using candle light

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/tutorials/how-to-capture-natural-looking-candids

How to shoot in tricky lighting conditions

Learn to master Depth of Field


This page will be opened for comments after the Nov 28, 2017 Session.

9 Responses to Nov 28, 2017 Session

  1. Henri says:

    From the “Flood Light” stage. The background was too distracting so I removed it and replaced it with pure black. The back light LED unit makes the wig outline sparkle while the fill-in LED floodlight is positioned to throw a subtle shadow on the left side of the model’s face. Just fiddling with the lights and taking a few pictures gets results!

  2. kim hunter says:

    I love the light illuminating the hair.

  3. kim hunter says:

    …and the softness of the face.

  4. kim hunter says:

    Happy accident…so I think. Flash on right did not fire.

    • Henri says:

      I agree, the backlight flash and the left softbox flash make this an interesting soft contour image but still with lots of contrast. (no harsh shadows) The dark hair frames the face very nicely.

  5. Ron says:

    This was the only member of the household that was willing to pose for me. 18-55 mm lens set at 44mm, ISO400, -5 EV, f/5, 1/60. Back lighting from a desk lamp plus front flash. No post-processing other than some cropping.

  6. Ron says:

    Here’s one of my new grandson that I took this October. 18-55 mm lens set at 32 mm, ISO 1250, f/4, 1/60, no flash. Some cropping and toning down highlights (forehead was a bit over-exposed).

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